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Etch A Sketch
Background: Invented in the '50s by a French electrician, the Etch A Sketch has been the toy of choice for anyone in the mood to draw a very square, very crude dog. Famous for: With the dual knobs on the front of the unit, the Etch A Sketch bore a strong resemblance to a television set that only showed one program, called "Here Is Another Poorly Drawn Square Dog." Why it should never be a game: With IMs, texts, emoticons and $4.99 Hallmark cards being the preferred way to communicate with others nowadays, the ability to make terrible drawings has lost all social relevance.